I’m happy to say we survived Christmas break–it was actually really fantastic; the best and most relaxing one we’ve ever had, I might add–and since the start of the new year I’ve hit the ground running. I whipped up this quick little inspiration board right before 2015 and, so far, it’s really doing the trick.
Right now I’m working on a little table to use as a nightstand, but I’ve had a few setbacks. No worries, even though it isn’t going to turn out the way I had envisioned, I think it may end up looking even better. I’m hoping, anyway.
On the other hand, the antique table featured in my latest My Crafty Spot project turned out just as planned.
My mother-in-law offered the table to me over a year ago after finding it while clearing out her lake house. It was originally her grandma’s and was in very poor shape when she dropped it off. Here it is before:
And a few in-progress pictures:
I stripped and sanded the original finish before applying two coats of Sherwin-Williams gel stain in Classic Cherry.
Next, I cleaned the original hardware with Brasso before touching it up any worn out spots with acrylic paint in metallic gold. The little brass feet on each table leg were soldered to casters, making the table slightly unstable, so I asked my father-in-law to remove them.
I waited about a week after applying the stain to brush on two coats of polyurethane (sanding lightly between coats) and added a third to the top edges, as well as the lower tabletop.
Since the original leather insert on the tabletop was discolored and peeling, I replaced it with wrapping paper I found at Hobby Lobby and then added the same paper to the sides of the drawers for some fun. Not knowing where I’d put the finished piece, I chose a metallic silver paper imprinted with a subtle design for neutrality. I added a piece of glass to the top of the table (about $4 from True Value) once the paper dried.
It’s currently being used as a bedside table until I finish the nightstand, then it’ll head out to our family room as a side table. Musical tables, I like to call it.
By the way, this table was challenging to photograph given its’ slightly awkward dimensions, but beautifully classic design. After many takes and re-takes, these were deemed the cream of the crop. And I realize even these aren’t all that great.